Stone People

Maria Antelman

Stone People, 2020

Video, 2'30"

In this video, Antleman works on the premise that in the present data economy, bodies transmit and receive valuable information just as other informational objects do. Turning into stone could make one invisible to technology (no movement, no life, no data). In a post-technological landscape, Stone People merge with rocks and ancient sculptures, depicted here by human forms presented in a distinctly classical style. By showing certain areas of the body up close, Antleman makes reference to ideas of classical modes of representing the human form, in particular the abstraction of the body – while also alluding to the artist’s own Greek ancestry. With petrified skins Stone People are transformed into visitors from a distant past, and become a reminder of our provenance and our consequence.

Courtesy of the Artist and Melanie Flood Projects, Portland OR.